Prevalence of upper and lower limb amputations of SUS patients in the state of Alagoas between 2008 and 2015.

ABSTRACT Amputation is a therapeutic resource used to remove a limb, an appendage of lump from the body, in case of serious injury to nerves, arteries, soft tissues and bones. The objective of this research was to verify the prevalence of limb amputations in the state of Alagoas. This was a study of secondary data, epidemiological and observational approach, conducted from 2008 to 2015. Data were collected from SIHSUS Database. The number of 361,585 limb amputation procedures were registered in Brazil, mainly in the Southeast, Northeast and South regions, accounting for 88.13% of the total of these procedures. Alagoas occupied the 21st place in the number of amputations among Brazilian states, its procedures occurred in six microregions, of these, three were responsible for 95% of cases. The prevalence of amputation in the state of Alagoas was 19.05 amputations/100,000 inhabitants. Three types of procedures have greater predominance: amputation of lower limbs, fingers, foot and tarsus, which represents 95% of the procedures.